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Temples & Legends of Kerala
Kulapati's Preface Author's Preface
Introduction The Temple Of Sri Padmanabha
A Temple Of Serpents The Goddess Who Has Periods
Aranmula Parthasarathi Ambalapuzha Krishna
Sabarimala The Fierce Lord Of Ettumanur
The Benign Lord Chottanikara
Kaladi A Temple For Kannaki
A Temple For Bharata Sri Rama Temple At Triprayar
The Vadakkunnathan Temple The Lord Of Guruvayur
A Temple For Rama And Lakshmana The Historic Tali Temple
Tiruvangad Peruma Rajarajeswara Of Taliparamba
Trichambaram Krishna Temple Other Temples
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 A TEMPLE FOR BHARATA

Origin

Coming back to the pratishta of Bharata, according to legend, a local chieftain, Vakkey Kaimal had a dream One night in which some mysterious persons appeared before him and told him that four idols had been washed ashore in the nearby sea and each of them was to be consecrated at the allotted places. The Kaimal, an ardent devotee of the Lord, hastened to the seashore early in the morning and found the idols lying there.

The idols were that of Rama, Bharata, Lakshmana and Satrughna.  They were duly installed in four temples as directed in the dream:  Rama at Triprayar, Bharata at Kutalmanikyam (Irinjalakuda), Lakshmana at Moozhikularn and Satrughna at Payammel.  All the four idols are images of Vishnu though they are imagined and' worshipped by different names.   Worship at all the four temples on the same day is considered specially meritorious.

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